North Carolina Places to Visit

North Carolina boasts nearly 100 state parks, museums, historic sites, aquariums and other attractions. Use the tool below to find places to visit by activity, theme, region or cost. As you check boxes on the right side of the screen, the places listed on the right will narrow to fit your criteria. Click on place's title to learn more.

Visit our things to do page for more information on all the wonderful things to do you'll find in the Tar Heel state.

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North Carolina Maritime Museum in Southport

A regional history museum that tells the story of the Cape Fear region's people and their relationship to the water, including a special focus on pirates of the Lower Cape Fear and blockade runners.

204 E Moore Street, Southport, NC 28461

North Carolina Museum of Art

One of the South's premier art museums with major holdings in European paintings, Egyptian funerary art, sculpture and vase painting from ancient Greece and Rome, American art, Judaic art and international contemporary art. Rental Options

2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh, NC 27607

North Carolina Museum of History

North Carolina's flagship history museum with exhibits covering 14,000 years of history under one roof with a focus on the state’s military history, decorative arts and culture. Rental Options

5 East Edenton Street, Raleigh, NC 27601

North Carolina Transportation Museum

A museum focusing on history that moves you, located on the site of the Southern Railway’s former steam locomotive repair facility. Rental Option

1 Samuel Spencer Dr., Spencer, NC 28159

Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area

A quick escape into nature with its three miles of trail exploring riverside forests, bluffs reaching to the highest point in the area and mountain laurel and rhododendron thickets.

625 Virginia Cates Road, Hillsborough, NC 27278

Outer Banks History Center

A regional archives and research library focused on materials that document the history and culture of the North Carolina coast and adjacent areas.

1 Festival Park Boulevard, Manteo, NC 27954

Prairie Ridge Ecostation

Forty-five acres of Piedmont prairie, forest, ponds, a stream and sustainable building features integrated with a wildlife-friendly landscape right in the heart of the Triangle.

1671 Gold Star Drive, Raleigh, NC 27607

Raven Rock State Park

Some of the best hiking along the Cape Fear River can be found at Raven Rock State Park, where visitors can also Lanier Falls, the Fish Traps rapids or the massive Raven Rock, an ageless landmark for river travelers.

3009 Raven Rock Road, Lillington, NC 27546